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2015 NCAA Tournament: Latest UPDATES – EOTM Sports News

By Cain Cawthon

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Latest Updates

With the bracket set, it’s time to take a deeper dive into the Field of 68. Read on to find first-round Cinderellas, teetering top seeds and more.

Picking favorites in the NCAA tournament is the smart play, but what makes March Madness great is the upsets and Cinderella teams who pull off something special. (Read More)

Most vulnerable top seeds

They’re the best teams in the nation. But when one loss can banish anyone from the bracket, it just takes one slip-up to shatter dreams of ladders, scissors and a nylon necklace – even for those occupying the top seed lines. (Read More)

Selection Sunday’s biggest snubs and surprises

The NCAA tournament selection committee made its decision, and as usual, the final cuts were the cruelest. (Read More)

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Care about college basketball? Root for Iowa State, Villanova, Notre Dame and North Carolina

Once they put aside educational allegiances and office-pool interests, college basketball fans should root for the handful of dangerous teams who play with a combination of pace and skill that doesn’t require toothpicks to keep eyelids open. (Read More)

When it’s Kentucky vs. the field, the field is the underdog

The bracket does not feature a handful of favorites and a swath of dark horses, all jockeying for position, elbowing one another out of the way. It features Kentucky and everyone else. (Read More)

The bracket is unveiled

The first region has been revealed, starting with Kentucky, unsurprisingly, as the overall No. 1 seed in the Midwest. Here’s how the bracket shakes out so far:


1. Kentucky vs. 16. Manhattan/Hampton
2. Kansas vs. 15. New Mexico State
3. Notre Dame vs. 14. Northeastern
4. Maryland vs. 13. Valparaiso
5. West Virginia vs. 12. Buffalo
6. Butler vs. 11. Texas
7. Wichita State vs. 10. Indiana
8. Cincinnati vs. 9. Purdue

Quick take: Kansas hangs on to a No. 2 seed despite losing in the Big 12 title game, but their reward is a spot in Kentucky’s bracket. Meanwhile, the ACC tournament champs end up as the best 3-seed, with Notre Dame getting the nod in the Midwest. In terms of early bubble talk, Purdue, Indiana and Texas ended up on the good side of the bubble. And neither the Boilermakers nor the Hoosiers came particularly close to the cutline, which is surprising.


1. Villanova vs. 16. Lafayette
2. Virginia vs. 15. Belmont
3. Oklahoma vs. 14. Albany
4. Louisville vs. 13. UC Irvine
5. Northern Iowa vs. 12. Wyoming
6. Providence vs. 11. Boise State/Dayton
7. Michigan State vs. 10. Georgia
8. North Carolina State vs. 9. LSU

Quick Take: The Cavaliers couldn’t hang on to a No. 1 seed, but they did end up a No. 2 in what looks like a navigable bracket — except for the part where they have to play Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans in the second round. Boise State’s loss in the Mountain West semifinals has put them into the play-in game in Dayton … against Dayton. That seems, um, interesting. LSU was another team many thought may miss the cut, but like Purdue, they land a No. 9 seed.


1. Duke vs. 16. North Florida/Robert Morris
2. Gonzaga vs. 15. North Dakota State
3. Iowa State vs. 14. UAB
4. Georgetown vs. 13. Eastern Washington
5. Utah vs. 12. Stephen F. Austin
6. SMU vs. 11. UCLA
7. Iowa vs. 10. Davidson
8. San Diego State vs. 9. St. John’s

Quick Take: Let’s start with the UCLA Bruins … CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb said during the selection special that there’s not a reasonable person in the country who believes UCLA belongs in the bracket. He’s not too far off. The Bruins finished 5-10 against the RPI top 100. That not only got UCLA into the field, the Bruins don’t even have to play a first-four play-in game. That’s stunning. On the top half of the bracket, Duke looks like a safe bet to advance. At the bottom, a potential Iowa State-Gonzaga clash in the Sweet 16 would produce a thriller.


1. Wisconsin vs. 16. Coastal Carolina
2. Arizona vs. 15. Texas Southern
3. Baylor vs. 14. Georgia State
4. North Carolina vs. 13. Harvard
5. Arkansas vs. 12. Wofford
6. Xavier vs. 11. BYU/Ole Miss
7. VCU vs. 10. Ohio State
8. Oregon vs. 9. Oklahoma State

Quick Take: With the final region revealed, hope dies for a Murray State miracle bid. BYU and Ole Miss will get the opportunity to earn the 11-seed with the play-in game in Dayton. Wisconsin, winners of the Big Ten tournament Sunday, gets the No. 1 seed, but if everything proceeds according to seed-strength, they’ll have to top a very dangerous Arizona team in the Elite Eight.

In all, the Big 12 and the Big Ten emerge with the most bids, sporting seven apiece.

UCLA made the tournament, and no one is happy about it

This year’s utterly head-scratching decision was the inclusion of UCLA, which not only made the field despite a suspect resume, but also wasn’t even chosen as one of the four teams that will head to Dayton for the play-in games early this week. (Read More)

Dick Vitale plants a kiss on Ashley Judd with a capital ‘K

Dick Vitale got a little frisky with actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd before the Wildcats’ win over Arkansas in the SEC championship game on Sunday. (Read More)

The Bubble

Sorting through Saturday’s results

See who clinched an automatic bid to the Big Dance and whether the bid thieves still lurk in the shadows of Selection Sunday’s conference championships. (Read More)

Breaking down the bubble

Who are the last teams in? First ones out? Take an in-depth look at the top candidates for an at-large bid, from the locks to the leftovers based on historical analysis. (Read More)

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Visualizing the bubble

What the heck does the bubble look like? What provides its shape? See where every Top 100 RPI fits and what it means for their status in the NCAA tournament field. (Read More via Washington Post)

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Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen dead at 23

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23-year-old former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has died in a car accident early Sunday morning. The sad news was confirmed by the  USA Today.

September 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (43) runs after a catch in the first half against the Clemson Tigers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Gene Chizik — Lutzenkirchen’s former coach at Auburn from 2009 to 2012 — said this about the former All-SEC player: ”Philip Lutzenkirchen was what every parent aspires their son to be. My deepest sympathy is extended to his parents, Mike and Mary, his sisters, and all of his extended family. We should all begin by honoring his life because he lived a life worthy of that. In his 23 short years, he has certainly left an impactful legacy to everyone he touched. I will miss him deeply.”

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said Lutzenkirchen’s death was “a devastating tragedy for his family, the Auburn family and his countless friends.”

“He had a strong faith, a big heart and a burning desire to help others,” Jacobs said. “Philip was a bright light this world desperately needed, and his death leaves a void that can’t possibly be filled.”

Driver Joseph Ian Davis, 22, was partially ejected from the vehicle and was also killed, investigators said. Authorities said blood was drawn from Davis to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Troopers said 22-year-old Elizabeth Craig of Eatonton, Georgia and 20-year-old Christian Case of Dadeville, Alabama were injured.

The star player was named a second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches and media after a seven-touchdown campaign in 2011, and holds school records for touchdown receptions by a tight end in both a season and a career. He was signed to a free agent contract by the Rams in 2013, but was cut due to a lingering hip injury that ended his senior year at Auburn early.

Lutzenkirchen was also a writer for SB Nation.  Our thoughts are with the Lutzenkirchen family and his friends.

Missouri DE and NFL prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay

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Michael Sam, defensive lineman for the Missouri Tigers has come out the closet, he announced the news today in a exclusive interview with ESPN.


Sam shared the news back in August with his teammates and coaches. The all American sports star is eligible for the NFL draft in May, if he is in fact drafted, he would become the first openly gay player in the history of the sport.

“I understand how big this is,” he said. “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.”

“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,” the NFL said in a statement Sunday night, minutes after the publishing of two media interviews in which Sam revealed he’s gay.

We shall see in the near future if his coming out will affect his football career.

“I’m not naïve,” Sam told the New York Times. “I know this is a huge deal, and I know how important this is. But my role as of right now is to train for the combine and play in the NFL.”

No NFL player has announced publicly that he’s gay while his career is active. Several former players, including Kwame Harris and Esera Tuaolo, have said they’re gay after retiring.

The Bobby Petrino saga timeline: A decade of shenanigans

Published by EOTM News Editor on January 10th, 2014 - in College Football, EOTM Sports News, NFL, Sports News

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The Bobby Petrino controversy timeline: A decade of shenanigans (via SB Nation)

By Pete Volk  @Pete_Volk on Jan 9 2014, 9:00a 4 There’s a reason Bobby Petrino keeps getting new jobs despite these scandals, mistruths, and escapes: most of his teams win a lot of games. According to multiple national and local reports, Bobby Petrino…



Florida State rallies in 4th quarter to beat Auburn, win title

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Florida State Seminoles defeat the Auburn Tigers 31-34!

It’s over! Florida State devastate Auburn 34-31 for its third national championship in a thrilling finish as the BCS!

After trailing for most of the game, Florida came back to win its first national championship since 1999 and it was amazing!

Kelvin Benjamin hauled in a touchdown pass with 13 seconds to go to seal the victory for the Seminoles in a wild, see-saw finish.

The lead changed three times in the final five minutes. The Seminoles took their first lead since the first quarter with less than five minutes to play on a 100-yard kickoff return by Levonte Whitfield. Auburn quickly answered with a touchdown, but with less than 79 seconds to play, the Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston led the Seminoles on a game-winning drive capped with Benjamin’s touchdown.

On its final play, with 3 seconds remaining, Auburn tried the hook and ladder, fishing for one final miracle. Lightning didn’t strike three times.

Got to hand it to Jameis Winston, too, who struggled early on but found his composure and showed up at the end. “I said guys, this is ours,” Winston said he told his teammates in the final huddle.

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SEE ALSO: Auburn has FSU on upset alert at halftime, leads 21-10

Jameis Winston saved his best for last.

Trailing by four, the Heisman Trophy-winning freshman quarterback drove Florida State down field (helped by a 49-yard reception by Rashad Greene and a key pass-interference call in the red zone) and found his top receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, in the end zone with 13 seconds remaining.

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Auburn has FSU on upset alert at halftime, leads 21-10

Auburn has FSU on upset alert at halftime, leads 21-10 (via SB Nation)

By Connor Tapp  @MeetMeAtTapps on Jan 6 2014, 10:24p + The Auburn offense awoke from its first-quarter slumber. Until they were already down three scores, the Florida State offense did not. The Tigers out-gained FSU 232 to 156 in the first half,…



Florida State QB Jameis Winston Wins Heisman Trophy

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Jameis Winston wins the Heisman, to nobody’s surprise (via SB Nation)

By Pete Volk  @Pete_Volk on Dec 15 2013, 8:00a + The freshman became the youngest player to win the award, and the second freshman in a row to do it. Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston became the youngest player ever to win…



Top recruit’s coach: Nick Saban ‘firmly committed’ to Alabama Crimson Tide

Top recruit’s coach: Nick Saban ‘firmly committed’ to Alabama (via SB Nation)

By Pete Volk  @Pete_Volk on Dec 12 2013, 8:29a + Leonard Fournette’s coach talked to Saban, and believes the Alabama coach is staying put. The Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors are unstoppable, but one person is of the opinion that the head coach is sticking…



College Football Playoff brackets, from four to 32 teams

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Eight 2013 College Football Playoff brackets, from four to 32 teams (via SB Nation)

By Bill Connelly  @SBN_BillC on Dec 9 2013, 10:43a 14 The Bowl Championship Series did pretty well in choosing the two teams most deserving of a national title shot. But what happens next year when we’ve got a four-team playoff? And is four the most…